McClure Middle School has always been a magical place, as cliché as it sounds, since it opened in 2006.
The faculty and staff create this massive force of positive energy that is addictive, which makes coming to school fun and easy every day.
Some of the unique initiatives our Wellness Program has introduced are “McChopped”, “Steps to Success”, and Faculty vs. Students Battleship. Our newest initiative, Wellness Wednesday, was created due to Covid-19 protocols. Since we’re moving it to Fridays it will also be known as, Feelgood Friday.
McClure Middle School has always been a magical place, as cliché as it sounds, since it opened in 2006. The faculty and staff create this massive force of positive energy that is addictive, which makes coming to school fun and easy every day. Students and parents also make this school very special, so when you combine these groups together it’s an awesome community to be a part of. If our students or faculty need anything school related, our parents find a way to make it happen.
McClure’s Wellness Committee is so energetic and super creative. Included in this amazing group are Tina Penny (Health Teacher), Lisa Lovern (Cafeteria Manager), Jodie Edwards (School Nurse), Jennifer Smith (PE Teacher) and our new Principal, Cory Stanley. Some of the unique initiatives our Wellness Program has introduced are “McChopped”, “Steps to Success”, and Faculty vs. Students Battleship. McClure’s newest initiative, Wellness Wednesday, was created due to Covid-19 protocols. Since we’re moving it to Fridays it will also be known as, Feelgood Friday.
“McChopped” includes those who enjoy preparing food and is our version of the TV show “Chopped”. Just like the TV show, teams compete in creating healthy recipes, while having access to pantry ingredients in our Family and Consumer Science Room. We even enlisted the help of William Snead, Assistant Director of Wellness for Cobb County, for healthy recipe ideas. “McChopped” involves teachers, students, staff, and members from the community to participate as contestants and serve as guest judges. We’ve filmed some of the competitions for our McClure YouTube Channel. It’s an incredible opportunity to connect healthy food, fun competition, students/staff, and our McClure community.
Our “Steps to Success” initiative, primarily faculty focused, was created to encourage the McClure staff to become healthier by simply walking. This program was voluntary, so each staff member recorded their steps daily, to log weekly which would be totaled at the end of the month. It was a friendly competition and the staff member with the most steps got recognized by a small “gold shoe” certificate, but every person who participated was a winner.
The Faculty vs. Students Battleship games have become super popular for both students and faculty members. Our Wellness Committee thought these games would help create and reinforce connections among teachers and students. We try to have at least one game per class, all grade levels, once every two months, or so. This is just an opportunity for teachers to come down during Connections and play their students in a non-threatening format where the skill is to hit a giant vinyl ball over a volleyball net. All participants really enjoyed the chance to see each other from a different perspective, promoting student/teacher relationships.
Feelgood Friday is for teachers to get away from their computers, for as long as they’d like between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. when possible. Three Badminton courts are set up in the gym, with social distancing in mind, faculty can play competitive Badminton games, learn how to play, or just volley with a colleague. Hand sanitizer is always nearby to apply before and after playing. Although, participants are usually more than six feet apart, we do ask that masks be worn. The entire Cafeteria Staff came to play one day and had a blast. Most teachers that have participated, played for about 20-30 minutes and left feeling refreshed and energized. McClure will continue the badminton activity as long as time permits.
These are the more unique initiatives that McClure has created for our Wellness Program. The committee’s goal is to be as creative as possible with the resources available, while trying to connect as many people as possible with wellness in mind. McClure has been fortunate to have had the full support of the administration in these initiatives and the committee hopes to keep coming up with fun ways of promoting wellness at McClure Middle School.
Elizabeth Price Ed.S, Supervisor
Health & Physical Education